Metal detecting 101

The invention of the metal detector dates back to the late 1800s with Alexander Graham Bell being whom many credit with creating the device. In 1881, after President James Garfield was shot in the chest, Bell created a type of metal detector in hopes of locating the bullet in the President chest. Other attempts at creating a device to detect metal through rocks had also been attempted during that time as well. It was Gerard Fisher, however, who in 1925 received the first patent for it. Since that time, metal detectors have been used for many purposes, such as locating mines, which began in World War II. Also during that time the casual use of metal detectors began to rise with people using them to find treasures such as coins and other buried artifacts in the ground. These people, known as metal detectorists, consider the sport a hobby, while for other people, such as archeologists, they are tools that are used as a part of the job. Even the police use metal detection in the search for evidence, bombs, or other weapons. An experienced metal detector may even volunteer his or her services in helping people find lost items such as wedding rings. For those who enjoy metal detection as a hobby, the pleasure of finding hidden treasures can be both fascinating and exciting.

When starting out as a metal detectorist, it is necessary to equip oneself with the right type of gear. This naturally starts with choosing the right metal detector. For the most part, metal detectors all operate using the same basic principles to locate buried items. The machines, when in use, send magnetic waves down into the ground. When these waves come into contact with a metal object, the device's sensory system is activated. Poorly constructed and cheap devices may have poor penetration depth and may fail quickly. For this reason, beginning detectorists will want to choose metal detectors that are made by manufacturers that are well-known and respected in the metal detecting industry. In addition to the metal detector, a person may also want to purchase a scoop and sifter and a digging tool, bags for carrying treasures, a pinpoint probe, and a pair of headphones.

How one conducts his or herself is a reflection on metal detecting as a whole. As a result, people who enjoy this hobby should conduct themselves in a positive and thoughtful manner. Before going treasure hunting on someone's property, one should speak with the land owner and ask for permission to use a metal detector on the property. Not only should permission be gained, but the hobbyist should make every effort not to dig or otherwise disturb the land unnecessarily. Before treasure hunting at beaches or state parks, one should verify that it is legal to do so. In some instances metal detecting may only be allowed in certain areas or it may not be allowed at all. State and National Parks may restrict metal detecting altogether, particularly if is a historical park. Before heading to a potential site people can go online to check up on local and state laws regarding metal detecting activities. By joining associations and metal detecting groups, individuals will have greater access to information about the hobby and will often have a specific set of conduct rules to abide by.

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